After a bizarre altercation with a teammate, veteran catcher Miguel Olivo has been suspended.
Danny Knobler of ESPNLosAngeles.com previously reported that Olivo got into a fight with teammate Alex Guerrero while playing for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, the affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers, and ended up biting the infielder's ear.
The end result was not pretty:
Guerrero was taken to a local hospital. His agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN.com that Olivo bit off part of Guerrero's ear and Guerrero was having plastic surgery on his ear.
Sources said Guerrero could miss five weeks.
Salt Lake City police told ESPN.com that they visited Guerrero in the hospital but he told them he didn't want to file a report until after talking to a lawyer. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday that Guerrero declined to file a report, meaning charges won't be filed.
Olivo was suspended for the incident, according to the team's official account:
Transactions: INF Alex Liddi added to roster (from extended spring training). C Miguel Olivo deleted to suspended list.— Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) May 21, 2014
Van Tate of KRQE noted that there is no timetable for the suspension:
Isotopes catcher Miguel Olivo is placed on the suspended list. Sounds indefinite at the moment.— Van Tate (@krqesports) May 21, 2014
The damage on Guerrero's ear is significant according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
I'm told Olivo bit off significantly more of Guerrero's ear than Tyson did Holyfield's.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 22, 2014
As Jesse Spector of the Sporting News explained, this is a bit surprising compared to the alternative punishment:
I'm only surprised that Olivo is suspended because I expected him to be immediately released.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) May 21, 2014
The 35-year-old catcher has bounced around the majors for 13 years, competing for seven different organizations. In his big league career, he has totaled 145 home runs and a .240 batting average while being known as a good defensive catcher.
He was last a starter in 2011 when he played in 130 games for the Seattle Mariners, but he lost his spot and has been trying to find a permanent role ever since. He has played eight games for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season and went 5-for-23 at the plate.
While he was sent down to Triple-A, he had been quite successful at that level while hitting .368 with an OPS of 1.013 in 20 games.
Unfortunately, he will now be known as the player who bit the ear off of his teammate. This is something that tends to stick with you wherever you go in life.
No matter how long the suspension lasts, it seems unlikely that Olivo will find himself on a major league roster at any point in the near future.
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